The fireworks may have fizzled and the Fourth of July festivities may be finished, but there is still plenty of summer fun left to be had in the 44444 as August wraps up the warm weather months.

Here are just a few highlights of the free activities to be found coming up in Newton Falls:

Are you a creative type or know someone who is? You don’t need to be a budding Picasso or an aspiring Van Gogh to have some artsy fun outdoors. On Saturday, August 11th, join local artists from 12noon-4pm as they present an array of hands-on activities for the whole family. Situated on both sides of the small town’s namesake falls, this year’s Arts in the Park festival will feature exhibits that promote “art to do, not just art to view,” encouraging visitors to play an active role in the creation of several different types of art forms. In 2010 there were wood carving and wheelchair painting exhibits and even an opportunity to have some fun with spray paint and do some “legal graffiti” on a makeshift train car. What fun is there to be had this year? Traditional artists, street performers, and musical entertainment will abound. Come visit yours truly in the Enchanted Woodland Gazebo as I reprise my role in the Art of Storytelling exhibit and entice my audience to enjoy classic favorite storybook tales – and favorite editions of Doodle Dog’s “Puppy Tails”! – and even take part in creating an impromptu fairytale of our very own. Will the floppy-eared puppy find a new friend? Will the prince and princess live happily ever after? What other wonderful crafts and creations will you be inspired to make with the waterfalls and woodland as your backdrop? You’ll just have to come to Veterans Park and find out!

(If you’re a local artist or performer who would like to showcase your talent to the public, registration for spaces is still available. Contact organizer Christine Newman at by August 1st for information.)

Once you’ve enjoyed all the artistry of the Arts in the Park, be sure and explore the rest of the town the following weekend. Although the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association, the sponsor of the Annual Community-Wide Yard Sale, voted not to have the event this year due to a lack of necessary volunteers to organize it, the city officials have agreed to provide an alternative for those wishing to get together for one massive clutter-purging: August 17th, 18th, and 19th has been declared a permit-free weekend. During this no-permit-needed-weekend, anyone in Newton Falls who wants to host their own yard or garage may do so without first obtaining a permit and without paying the usual $5 permit fee. No maps are planned for this year, so it will truly be a treasure hunt as potential customers wander through town in search of a good deal. Window shopping is always free, but you might want to pad your pocket with some small bills just in case something catches your eye.

While you’re in town for all of the sales, take a break from shopping and cheer on your favorite first responders as the Annual Battle for the City softball game will take place between the Newton Falls Fire Department and the Newton Falls Police Department on Saturday, August 18th. This is the third year for the interdepartmental match – first pitch will be at 4pm at the field by the Community Center. Will the Fire Department blaze the competition and successfully defend their title? Or will the Police Department steal back the trophy and reclaim the inaugural glory they held back in 2010? Your guess is as good as mine… you’ll just have to come to the Community Center Park and find out!

For more events happening in Newton Falls and in your local area, always check out the We’re All Invited section in the front of this issue. There are lots of opportunities to make the most of what is left of summer – you never know what you will find!


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In addition to her role as a contributing reporter for the Weekly Villager, Mialie T. Szymanski is the creator of the bi-weekly column “Puppy Tails”. This children’s story time column stars Doodle Dog, a floppy-eared puppy who has an optimistic perspective of the world around him. Szymanski’s picture book “Doodle Dog Enjoys the Day” chronicles a day in the life of this “paws”itive pup. The upcoming
read-aloud anthology “Puppy Tails: Adventures of Doodle Dog” is a collection of the columns and
illustrations as seen in The Weekly Villager over the last year.